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The Griqualand

Average depth: 40m

Maximum depth: 51m

The Griqualand was a 499 ton coastal steamer owned by Green R Line. She left Durban on the evening of 13th November 1970 bound for Port Elizabeth with a cargo of chemicals including bitumen, liquid chlorine and calcium hypo chloride. Shortly after sailing from Durban a fire started in her forward holds and blazed for nearly 12 hours.

Despite heroic efforts from the crew as well as the tug 'J.D. White' and salvage vessel 'Statesman' the 'Griqualand' was finally declared a menace to shipping and was sunk by Royal Navy frigate H.M.S. Dido at approximately 16h00 on 14 November 1970. There are an abundance of Daga Salmon, Brindle bass, and large sharks.

Access to the wreck is by boat. An experienced skipper is essential. Sea conditions change rapidly with south westerly winds. There is normally a light current, but at times the current prohibits diving.

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